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Uruguay is considered the fourth most successful wine producing country in South America behind Chile, Argentina and Brazil. Its rise to prominence is based on the inky French grape, Tannat, known for its high tannin levels, hence its name. 

Tannat, the main grape of the Madiran, was brought over by Basque-French immigrant Pascual Harriague in 1870. (Decendants of the original cuttings still exist and are known as “Harriague.”) The grape proved perfectly suited to Uruguay’s sunny, but wet climate. It is produced in many examples of excellent dry red wines as well as a late harvest desert wine, that somehow tames the tannins into rich, sweet cocoa flavors. 
 
Other varietals grown in Uruguay are for reds: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Syrah. Whites: Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and some instances of Viognier.  
 
– Description from Amanda Schuster

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Uruguay "Land of Tannat". The country is about the size of England (not the UK), with a mere 3.4 million inhabitants. This small South American country with wonderful wines is South America's 4th biggest wine producer after Argentina, Chile and Brazil. Tannat is the star performer in Uruguay, it was taken to Uruguay in 1870 by a Basque family. The wine produced from this grape produces deep red wines with a herbal, black fruit (or even blueberry fruit). Over 70% of varieties of grapes grown are red, with the key grape being the above mentioned Tannat, other important international varieties include Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Syrah for reds, plus Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay for whites. There are small plantings of many other varieties including Pinot Noir, Marsanne and Viognier. These wines are well worth the extra price in what they offer in originality and elegance. – Description from fiona1605

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